Amityville Horror Description
A real-life haunted house becomes a
frontpage story in this tale of a family whose Long Island dream
home becomes an oozing, horrific nightmare. The brutal murder of
six people just one year previous causes the new tenants some
restless nights, to say the least! Based on the
"non-fiction" book by Jay Anson. Academy Award
nominations: Best Original Score.
A family moves into a Long Island house that has
a disturbing past. Soon after they move in, they too believe the
stories of the house being haunted. Ooze comes out of the walls,
doors mysteriously and violently swing open, and flies descend.
After priests' attempts to exorcise the house do not stop the
unexplained and horrible occurences; the family moves out, 28 days
after they moved in.
"The Amityville Horror" is based on an
allegedly true story about a house in Amityville, Long Island. The
town of Amityville did not want the film shot there, so it was
shot in Tom's River, New Jersey, instead. Many Amityville
residents discredit the stories of the house's possesion, and the
family that moved in after the family depicted in the film lived
there with no trouble.
By 1982, this film made Filmways (its distribution company) $35
million, the most at that point in time for an independent